A skip can be placed on private property - for example, a residential driveway - without a licence. However, a skip licence, which is valid for two weeks, is required to place one on the highway.
This includes all roads, footways, footpaths, verges and back streets. Further periods of two weeks may be granted, but each one requires an application for an extension. A full skip must be removed within two days. We have the right to specify conditions relating to the position of any builders' skips.
Only skip hire companies can apply to place a skip on the highway and they need to be registered with us.
Skips will not usually be authorised:
- On a footway or verge, except in exceptional circumstances;
- On the highway if a skip could be reasonably placed on private property; or
- On a highway that has an order restricting the parking of vehicles on that section.
Skips found on the highway without a licence will be charged at £140. If the skip operator cannot be contacted, the skip will be removed and the cost recovered from the skip operator. In addition, we will prosecute the skip operator, who could face a fine of up to £2,500.